"The main finding of economic theory and empirical research over the past 70 years is that minimum wage increases tend to reduce employment."
-Exactly! If you want to see an economic boom & bring back manufacturing to the USA, get rid of the minimum wage laws, most of the rules & regulations & lower taxes (including repeal ObamaCare). The more the central economic planning becomes via big government, the more inefficient the economy becomes. Instead, let the "Invisible Hand of the Free Market" work its magic.